Comparison of Pentateuch:
Jewish Publication Society 1917
Targums Onkelos,
Jonathan Ben Uzziel/Palestinian,
Jerusalem Fragments

 

Numbers
Chapter 23

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Numbers 22 JPS TOC Comparison TOC Targums TOC Numbers 24
Numbers 23:1
JPS 23:1 And Balaam said unto Balak: 'Build me here seven altars, and prepare me here seven bullocks and seven rams.'
ONK 23:1 And Bileam said to Balak, Build me here seven altars, and prepare me here seven bullocks and seven rams.
PAL 23:1 And Bileam, as he looked upon them, knew that strange worship was among them, and rejoiced in his heart; and he said to Balak, Build here seven altars, and prepare me here seven bullocks and seven rams.
     
 
Numbers 23:2
JPS 23:2 And Balak did as Balaam had spoken; and Balak and Balaam offered on every altar a bullock and a ram.
ONK 23:2 And Balak did as Bileam had spoken, and Balak and Bileam offered up a bullock and a ram upon every altar.
PAL 23:2 And Balak did as Bileam had said, and Balak and Bileam offered a bullock and a ram upon an altar.
 
 
Numbers 23:3
JPS 23:3 And Balaam said unto Balak: 'Stand by thy burnt-offering, and I will go; peradventure the LORD will come to meet me; and whatsoever He showeth me I will tell thee.' And he went to a bare height.
ONK 23:3 And Bileam said to Balak, Remain by thy burnt offering; and I will go, if perhaps the Word may meet me from before the Lord; and the word that He showeth me I will disclose unto thee. And he went solitary.
PAL 23:3 And Bileam said to Balak, Stand by thy burnt offering, and I will go, if peradventure the word of the Lord may come to meet me; and the word that shall be discovered to me, that I will declare to thee. And he went, bending as a serpent.
JER 23:3 And Bileam went with a humbled heart.
 
Numbers 23:4
JPS 23:4 And God met Balaam; and he said unto Him: 'I have prepared the seven altars, and I have offered up a bullock and a ram on every altar.'
ONK 23:4 And the Word from before the Lord(46) met Bileam; and he said to Him, The seven altars have I set in order, and have offered a bullock and a ram upon every altar.
PAL 23:4 And the Word from before the Lord met with Bileam, who said before Him, The seven altars I have set in order, and have offered a bullock and a ram upon every altar.
 
 
Numbers 23:5
JPS 23:5 And the LORD put a word in Balaam's mouth, and said: 'Return unto Balak, and thus thou shalt speak.'
ONK 23:5 And the Lord put a word upon Bileam's mouth, and said to him: Return unto Balak, and thus shalt thou speak.
PAL 23:5 And the Lord put a word in Bileam's mouth, and said, return to Balak, and thus speak.
 
 
Numbers 23:6
JPS 23:6 And he returned unto him, and, lo, he stood by his burnt-offering, he, and all the princes of Moab.
ONK 23:6 And he returned to him, and, behold, he was standing by his burnt sacrifice, he and all the nobles of Moab.
PAL 23:6 And he returned to him, and, behold, he was standing by his burnt-offering, he and all the nobles of Moab.
 
 
Numbers 23:7
JPS 23:7 And he took up his parable, and said:
From Aram Balak bringeth me,
The king of Moab from the mountains of the East:
'Come, curse me Jacob,
And come, execrate Israel.'
ONK 23:7 And he took up his parable, and said:
Balak, king of Moab, hath brought me from Aram,
From the mountains of the east:
Come, curse me, Jakob,
Come, hunt down(47) Israel for me.
PAL 23:7 And he took up the parable of his prophecy, and said:

From Aram on Euphrates hath Balak king of the Moabaee brought me; from the mountains of the east: Come, curse for me the house of Jakob; come, for me make Israel small.

JER 23:7 And he took up the parable of his prophecy, and said: Balak, the king of the Moabaee, hath brought me from Aram, from the mountains of the east: Come, curse for me the house of Jakob; come, diminish for me the tribes of the house of Israel.
 
Numbers 23:8
JPS 23:8
How shall I curse, whom God hath not cursed?
And how shall I execrate, whom the LORD hath not execrated?
ONK 23:8
How shall I curse whom God hath not cursed?
How shall I persecute whom God hath not?
PAL 23:8 How shall I curse, (while) the Word of the Lord blesseth them? and whom shall I diminish, when the Word of the Lord increaseth them?
JER 23:8 Wherewith shall I curse the house of Jakob, when the Word of the Lord blesseth them? and how shall I diminish the house of Israel, when the Word of the Lord doth multiply them?
 
Numbers 23:9
JPS 23:9
For from the top of the rocks I see him,
And from the hills I behold him:
Lo, it is a people that shall dwell alone,
And shall not be reckoned among the nations.
ONK 23:9
For from the top of the mountain I discern him,
And look upon him from the heights;
Lo, the people by themselves are to possess the world,
And among the nations they shall not be judged with consumption.
PAL 23:9 For, said Bileam the wicked, I look on this people who are led on for the sake of their righteous fathers, who are like the mountains, and of their mothers, who are like the hills: behold, this people alone are to possess the world, because they are not led by the laws of the nations.
JER 23:9 I see this people, who are conducted through the merit of their righteous fathers, Abraham, Izhak, and Jakob, who are like the mountains, and of their four mothers, Sarah, Rivekah, Rahel, and Leah: behold, this people shall dwell alone, and not be mixed with the laws of the Gentiles.
 
Numbers 23:10
JPS 23:10
Who hath counted the dust of Jacob,
Or numbered the stock of Israel?
Let me die the death of the righteous,
And let mine end be like his!
ONK 23:10
Who can number the dust of the house of Jakob,
Of whom it is said, They shall increase as the dust of the earth,
Or of one of the four camps of Israel?
Let mine be the death of his truthful ones,
And let my end be as theirs!
PAL 23:10 And when Bileam the sinner beheld the house of Israel, a circumcised people, hidden in the dust of the desert, he said, Who can number the merits of these strong ones, or count the good works of one of the four camps of Israel? Bileam the wicked said: If the house of Israel kill me with the sword, then, it is made known to me, I shall have no portion in the world to come: nevertheless if I may but die the death of the true! that my last end may be as the least among them!
JER 23:10 Who can number the youth of the house of Jakob, of whom it is said, They are to be like the stars of the skies? Bileam the wicked said, in the parable of his prophecy, If Israel do kill him with the sword, Bileam himself declareth that he hath no portion in the world to come: but if Bileam may die as the faithful die, may his last end be as one of the least among them.
 
Numbers 23:11
JPS 23:11 And Balak said unto Balaam: 'What hast thou done unto me? I took thee to curse mine enemies, and, behold, thou hast blessed them altogether.'
ONK 23:11 And Balak said to Bileam, What hast thou done to me? I brought thee to curse my enemies, and, behold, blessing hast thou blessed them.
PAL 23:11 And Balak said to Bileam, What hast thou done to me? I brought thee to curse my enemies, and, behold, blessing, thou hast blessed them.
 
 
Numbers 23:12
JPS 23:12 And he answered and said: 'Must I not take heed to speak that which the LORD putteth in my mouth?'
ONK 23:12 But he said, That which the Lord hath put in my mouth must I not observe to speak?
PAL 23:12 But he answered and said, That which the Lord hath put in my mouth shall I not be careful to speak?
 
 
Numbers 23:13
JPS 23:13 And Balak said unto him: 'Come, I pray thee, with me unto another place, from whence thou mayest see them; thou shalt see but the utmost part of them, and shalt not see them all; and curse me them from thence.'
ONK 23:13 And Balak said to him, Come now with me to another place, from whence thou mayest see him, where thou canst see only the outer side, but not the whole, and curse him for me from thence.
PAL 23:13 And Balak said to him, Come now with me where thou mayest see him from another place. Thou shalt see only the camp that goeth in his rear, but not all their camps; and curse him for me there.
 
 
Numbers 23:14
JPS 23:14 And he took him into the field of Zophim, to the top of Pisgah, and built seven altars, and offered up a bullock and a ram on every altar.
ONK 23:14 And he brought him to the field of the watch-tower on the top of the hill; and builded seven altars, and offered a bullock and a ram on every altar.
PAL 23:14 And he brought him to the field of the observatory on the top of the hill, and builded seven altars, and offered a bullock and a ram on every altar.
 
 
Numbers 23:15
JPS 23:15 And he said unto Balak: 'Stand here by thy burnt-offering, while I go toward a meeting yonder.'
ONK 23:15 And he said to Balak, Stand here by thy burnt offering, and I will go yonder.
PAL 23:15 And he said to Balak, Stand thou here by thy burnt offering, and I will meet (Him) yonder.
JER 23:15 And I with My Word will honour thee.
 
Numbers 23:16
JPS 23:16 And the LORD met Balaam, and put a word in his mouth, and said: 'Return unto Balak, and thus shalt thou speak.'
ONK 23:16 And the Word from before the Lord met Bileam, and put a word in his mouth, and said, Return to Balak, and thus speak.
PAL 23:16 And the Word from before the Lord met Bileam, and put a word in his mouth, and said, Return to Balak, and thus speak.
 
 
Numbers 23:17
JPS 23:17 And he came to him, and, lo, he stood by his burnt-offering, and the princes of Moab with him. And Balak said unto him: 'What hath the LORD spoken?'
ONK 23:17 And he came to him, and he was standing by his burnt offering, and the nobles of Moab with him. And Balak said to him, What hath the Lord spoken?
PAL 23:17 And he came to him, and, behold, he was standing by his burnt offering, and the princes of Moab with him. And Balak said to him, What hath the Lord spoken?
 
 
Numbers 23:18
JPS 23:18 And he took up his parable, and said:
Arise, Balak, and hear;
Give ear unto me, thou son of Zippor:
ONK 23:18 And he took up his parable, and said:
Arise, Balak, and hear,
Listen to my words, Bar Zippor:
PAL 23:18 And he took up the parable of his prophecy, and said:

Arise, Balak, and hear; listen to my words, Bar Zippor.

 
 
Numbers 23:19
JPS 23:19
God is not a man, that He should lie;
Neither the son of man, that He should repent:
When He hath said, will He not do it?
Or when He hath spoken, will He not make it good?
ONK 23:19
The word of Eloha is not as the words of men;
The sons of men speak, but lie;
Nor is it as the works of the children of flesh,
Who decree to do, but repent, and change their counsels.
What He hath said He will perform,
And His every word is steadfast.
PAL 23:19 The Word of the living God is not as the words of men: for the Lord, the Ruler of all worlds, is the unchangeable; (but) man speaketh and denieth. Neither are His works like the works of the children of flesh, who consult, and then repent them of what they had decreed. But when the Lord of all worlds hath said, I will multiply this people as the stars of the heavens, and will give them to possess the land of the Kenaanites, is He not able to perform what He hath spoken? and what He hath said, can He not confirm it?
JER 23:19 Not as the word of the sons of men is the Word of the living God, nor are the works of God as the works of men. Men say, and do not; they decree, but do not confirm; but God saith and performeth, He maketh decree and confirmeth it, and His decrees are established for ever.
 
Numbers 23:20
JPS 23:20
Behold, I am bidden to bless;
And when He hath blessed, I cannot call it back.
ONK 23:20
Behold, I have received benedictions to bless Israel,
And I may not turn my blessing from him.
PAL 23:20 Behold, from the mouth of the Holy Word I have received the benediction, and their appointed benediction I cannot restrain from them.
JER 23:20 Behold, I have received to bless Israel, and I cannot restrain the blessings from them.
 
Numbers 23:21
JPS 23:21
None hath beheld iniquity in Jacob,
Neither hath one seen perverseness in Israel;
The LORD his God is with him,
And the shouting for the King is among them.
ONK 23:21
I have seen that in the house of Jakob
The worshippers of idols are not,
Nor in Israel the workers of the work of lies.
PAL 23:21 Bileam the wicked said, I see not among them of the house of Jakob such as worship idols: they who serve false idols are not established among the tribes of the sons of Israel. The Word of the Lord their God is their help, and the trumpets of the King Meshiha resound among them.
JER 23:21 I have not seen the worshippers of a lie, nor those who offer strange service, among the tribes of the sons of Israel. The Word of the Lord is with them, and the trumpet of their glorious King protecteth them.
 
Numbers 23:22
JPS 23:22
God who brought them forth out of Egypt
Is for them like the lofty horns of the wild-ox.
ONK 23:22
The Word of the Lord their God is their helper,
And the Shekinah of their King is among them.
God, who brought them out from Mizraim,
Becomes his strength and exaltation.
PAL 23:22 Unto Eloha, who redeemed and led them out of Mizraim free, belong power and exaltation, glorification and greatness.
JER 23:22 Unto God who redeemed, and brought them out from Mizraim free, belong power, and praise, and exaltation.
 
Numbers 23:23
JPS 23:23
For there is no enchantment with Jacob,
Neither is there any divination with Israel;
Now is it said of Jacob and of Israel:
'What hath God wrought!'
ONK 23:23
For no divinations can prosper against the house of Jakob,
Nor enchantments against the myriads of Israel.
According to the time it shall be said of Jakob and of Israel,
What hath Eloah wrought!
PAL 23:23 They of the house of Jakob who use divination are not established, nor the enchanters, who enchant among the greatness (multitudes) of Israel. At this time it is said to the house of Jakob and Israel, How glorious are the miracles and wonder-works which God hath wrought!
JER 23:23 For I see not those who perform divination in the house of Jakob, nor them who enchant with enchantments among the tribes of Israel. At this time it is said to Jakob, What bounties and comforts are prepared of the Lord to bestow upon you of the house of Jakob!
 
Numbers 23:24
JPS 23:24
Behold a people that riseth up as a lioness,
And as a lion doth he lift himself up;
He shall not lie down until he eat of the prey,
And drink the blood of the slain.
ONK 23:24
Behold, the people shall dwell as a lioness,
And as a lion shall he lift himself up;
Until he hath slain with slaughter,
He will not rest in his land,
And inherit the treasures of the nations.
PAL 23:24 This people reposeth alone, and dwelleth strong as a lion, and reareth himself as an old lion. They sleep not till with great slaughter they have slain their adversaries, and taken the spoils of the slain.
JER 23:24 Then said he in the parable of his prophecy, happy saints, how goodly is the reward prepared for you by your Father in heaven, in the world to come! Behold, these people dwell as a lion, like the strong lion; as the lion resteth not, nor is quiet, until he hath taken and eaten flesh and drunk up blood, so this people will rest not, nor be in quiet, till they have slain their enemies, and have shed the blood of their slaughtered foes like water.
 
Numbers 23:25
JPS 23:25 And Balak said unto Balaam: 'Neither curse them at all, nor bless them at all.'
ONK 23:25 And Balak said lo Bileam, Neither cursing curse them, nor blessing bless them.
PAL 23:25 And Balak said to Bileam, Neither curse them nor bless them.
 
 
Numbers 23:26
JPS 23:26 But Balaam answered and said unto Balak: 'Told not I thee, saying: All that the LORD speaketh, that I must do?'
ONK 23:26 But Bileam answered and said to Balak, Did I not tell thee, saying, All that the Lord speaketh, that I must do?
PAL 23:26 But Bileam answered and said to Balak, Did I not tell thee at the beginning, Whatsoever the Lord speaketh, that must I do?
 
 
Numbers 23:27
JPS 23:27 And Balak said unto Balaam: 'Come now, I will take thee unto another place; peradventure it will please God that thou mayest curse me them from thence.'
ONK 23:27 And Balak said to Bileam, Come now, I will take thee to another place; perhaps it may be pleasing before the Lord, that thou mayest curse them for me from thence.
PAL 23:27 And Balak said to Bileam, Come, and I will now take thee to another place, if so be it may be pleasing before the Lord, that thou mayest curse him for me from thence.
 
 
Numbers 23:28
JPS 23:28 And Balak took Balaam unto the top of Peor, that looketh down upon the desert.
ONK 23:28 And Balak conducted Bileam to the top of the high place that looketh toward the face of Beth Jeshimon.
PAL 23:28 And Balak led Bileam to the high place of the prospect which looketh toward Beth Jeshimoth.
 
 
Numbers 23:29
JPS 23:29 And Balaam said unto Balak: 'Build me here seven altars, and prepare me here seven bullocks and seven rams.'
ONK 23:29 And Bileam said to Balak, Build me here seven altars, and prepare me here seven bullocks and seven rams.
PAL 23:29 And Bileam said to Balak, Erect here for me seven altars, and prepare me seven bullocks and seven rams.
 
 
Numbers 23:30
JPS 23:30 And Balak did as Balaam had said, and offered up a bullock and a ram on every altar.
ONK 23:30 And Balak did as Bileam had said, and offered a bullock and a ram on every altar.
PAL 23:30 And Balak did as Bileam had said, and offered a bullock and a ram upon every altar.
 
 
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